The Church of Mariam Hibuiito

Mariam Hibuiito

Built in the 15th century, under the stony mountains of Tembien, Mariam Hibuiito (The Hidden Mary) is hidden. The tiny village of Adiha, accessible only by a 4X4 vehicle, takes a good forty-minute walk. Unlike many other Tigrai rock-hewn churches, this structure’s carvers had plenty of time to spend embellishing their exterior. To say the least, at Medhane Alem Addi Kesho, they cut out four free-standing columns reminiscent of those. There are six non-free columns inside the church. There is also an unfinished dome-making effort on the ceiling. The church is 13 meters deep and 9 meters wide.

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